William H. Macy Biography


Birthday: March 13, 1950 (Pisces)

Born In: Miami, Florida

William Hall Macy Jr. is an American actor known for playing a wide variety of characters in movies such as 'Boogie Nights', 'Air Force One’ and 'Fargo’ as well as for his long time role in the TV series 'Shameless’. Macy made his big screen debut in the 1980 flick ‘Somewhere in Time’. After starring in a leading role in the movie ‘Homicide’, he got a bigger career boost in 1994 when he joined the cast of the TV drama ‘ER.’ After this, he appeared in a number of films, TV soap operas, and sitcoms. The actor, who has described himself as ‘a kind of Middle American, Lutheran kind of guy,’ is one of the most respected character actors in the industry. Born in Miami, Florida, he is the only child of a World War II bomber pilot. Following his high school graduation in 1968, he proceeded to study veterinary science at West Virginia's Bethany College. However, he changed his mind midway, and transferred to Goddard College in Plainfield to study theater. He began his career as a stage actor and eventually entered the world of films as well. Married to actress Felicity Huffman since 1997, Macy is the father of two young daughters. He currently serves as the national ambassador for United Cerebral Palsy Association.
Quick Facts

Also Known As: William Hall Mac Jr., W. H. Macy

Age: 74 Years, 74 Year Old Males


Spouse/Ex-: Felicity Huffman (m. 1997), Carla Santos Shamberg (m. 1980–1985)

father: William Hall Macy Sr.

mother: Lois Overstreet

children: Georgia Grace Macy, Sophia Grace Macy, William H Macy III

Born Country: United States

Actors American Men

Height: 5'9" (175 cm), 5'9" Males

U.S. State: Florida

City: Miami, Florida

More Facts

education: Allegany High School, Goddard College

  • 1

    What movies has William H. Macy directed?

    William H. Macy has directed the movies "Rudderless" and "The Layover."

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    Has William H. Macy ever appeared in a TV series?

    Yes, William H. Macy has appeared in TV series such as "Shameless" and "ER."

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    What is William H. Macy's role in the movie "Fargo?"

    In the movie "Fargo," William H. Macy plays the character Jerry Lundegaard.

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    Is William H. Macy known for any particular acting style?

    William H. Macy is known for his versatile acting style, often portraying complex and morally ambiguous characters with depth.

Childhood & Early Life
William Hall Macy Jr. was born on March 13, 1950 in Miami, Florida, to William Hall Macy, Sr. and Lois. He grew up in Maryland and Georgia.
His father was a bomber pilot who was awarded an Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross for flying a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber during the World War II. He later started a construction company and worked for Dun & Bradstreet. Eventually, he went on to take over an insurance agency. Macy’s mother was a former war widow whose first husband had died in 1943.
Macy studied at Allegany High School and then enrolled at the Bethany College in West Virginia to study veterinary medicine. Later, he transferred to Goddard College where he studied acting under playwright David Mamet.
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After graduating from Goddard College in 1972, William H. Macy originated roles in several plays by David Mamet, including ‘The Water Engine’ and ‘American Buffalo’.
In 1980, he moved to New York City, where he starred in over 40 Broadway and Off Broadway plays. Four years later, he had a role in the direct-to-video titled ‘The Boy Who Loved Trolls’.
From 1985 to 1988, he appeared in three episodes of ‘Spencer: For Hire.’ During this time, he also got featured in the drama series ‘Kate & Allie’ and ‘The Equalizer’ as well as in the films 'The Last Dragon', 'Radio Days', 'House of Games' and 'Things Change'.
Macy played Tim Sullivan in the crime film ‘Homicide’ in 1991. He next did the television movies ‘The Heart of Justice’ and ‘The Water Engine’. After this, he had roles in the movies ‘Being Human’, ‘Benny & Joon’ and ‘Searching for Bobby Fischer’.
In the year 1994, the actor was cast as Dr. David Morgenstern in the drama series ‘ER’. The same year, he starred as Dr. Greenway in the thriller film ‘The Client’. A year later, he got featured in the films ‘Murder in the First’, ‘Oleanna’ and ‘Mr. Holland's Opus’.
He played Jerry Lundegaard in ‘Fargo’ (1996), Charlie Crisco in ‘Ghosts of Mississippi’ (1996) and Little Bill Thompson in ‘Boogie Nights’ (1997).
Then in 1998, Macy starred in the fantasy comedy drama movie ‘Pleasantville’. The same year, he played Milton Arbogast in the film ‘Psycho’ and James Gordon in the legal drama ‘A Civil Action’. That year, he also played Leo Lionheart in the animated series ‘The Lionhearts’.
During 1999 and 2000, he starred in six episodes of ‘Sports Night’. During this time, he also acted in the movies ‘State and Main’, ‘Panic’ and ‘Magnolia’.
The American actor did the films ‘Door to Door’ and ‘Welcome to Collinwood’ in 2002. In the ensuing years, he appeared in a number of small and big screen projects including ‘Out of Order’, ‘Reversible Errors’, ‘The Cooler’, ‘Stealing Sinatra’ and ‘Seabiscuit’.
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From 2006 to 2007, he narrated the animated children’s series ‘Curious George’. During that time, he also lent his voice to the character of Brian the Snail in ‘Doogal’ as well as appeared in the flick ‘Bobby’. Meanwhile, he also did ‘Wild Hogs’ (2007), a movie about middle-aged men reliving their boyhood days. Despite being critically panned, the film was a financial success.
Macy next appeared in David Mamet's play ‘Speed-the-Plow’ on Broadway. He also starred as George in the comedy film ‘The Maiden Heist’. In 2010, he had a role in ‘Dirty Girl,’ a coming-of-age fun drama flick written and directed by Abe Sylvia.
In 2012, he got featured as Father Brendan in the independent drama film ‘The Sessions’. The actor was next cast in the crime thriller ‘A Single Shot’ directed by David M. Rosenthal. The movie also featured artistes like Sam Rockwell, Kelly Reilly, Jeffrey Wright and Joe Anderson.
In 2014, he voiced Satomi in the English version of the Japanese animated film ‘The Wind Rises’ as well as the Head Dentist in the French animated comedy ‘Ernest & Celestine’. That year, he also directed and starred in ‘Rudderless’ and had roles in the films ‘Cake’ and ‘Two-Bit Waltz’.
William H. Macy appeared as Dr. Corman in the comedy-drama ‘Walter’ and also starred in the films ‘Stealing Cars’, ‘Room’ and ‘Dial a Prayer’ in 2015.
He starred in the English-language French crime thriller ‘Blood Father’ in 2016. This flick, directed by Jean-François Richet, failed to impress the audience as it managed to gross only $4.8 million on a budget of $15 million.
In 2017, the actor got the opportunity to direct and star in the comedy drama ‘Krystal’. That year, he also directed the sex comedy ‘The Layover’.
Major Works
In summer 2010, William H. Macy joined the cast of the Showtime pilot ‘Shameless’ as Frank Gallagher. The project was eventually extended into a series, with its first season premiering in January 2011. Macy garnered critical acclaim for his performance, ultimately receiving three Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series as well as a Prism Award. The actor also earned a number of award nominations for the same.
Personal Life
William H. Macy and actress Felicity Huffman were in an on-and-off relationship for 15 years before they finally married on September 6, 1997. The couple has two daughters: Sophia Grace and Georgia Grace, and a son named William H Macy III.
His hobbies include playing the ukulele and woodworking.
Facts About William H. Macy

Macy is known for his love of woodworking and often spends his free time working on various woodworking projects.

Macy is a skilled ukulele player and enjoys playing the instrument in his spare time.

He is a devoted animal lover and has been actively involved in supporting various animal welfare organizations.

Macy is an avid collector of vintage vinyl records and enjoys listening to music from different eras.

In addition to his acting career, Macy has also directed several theater productions and is passionate about the art of storytelling in all its forms.

William H. Macy Movies

1. Alive from Off Center (1984)


2. Room (2015)


3. Fargo (1996)

  (Drama, Crime, Thriller)

4. Magnolia (1999)


5. Boogie Nights (1997)


6. Somewhere in Time (1980)

  (Drama, Romance, Fantasy)

7. Radio Days (1987)


8. Thank You for Smoking (2005)

  (Drama, Comedy)

9. WarGames (1983)

  (Sci-Fi, Thriller)

10. Pleasantville (1998)

  (Comedy, Fantasy, Drama)


Primetime Emmy Awards
2003 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Door to Door (2002)
2003 Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special Door to Door (2002)

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